Tuesday, March 27, 2012

George Zimmerman vs the People of the United States

Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn), Senator. Bill Perkins (D-New York), and Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) wearing hooded sweatshirts during session in the Senate Chamber in Albany, N.Y.

The Trayvon Martin shooting is set to be one of the most infamous cases of the decade. It has surpassed local and even national notoriety to being an issue people all around the world are voicing their opinions on. This is partly because of the alleged miscarriage of justice, the fact that the shooter allegedly targeted Martin based on his color and the fact that it happened in Florida- a state that quite recently let go a baby killer. The amount of misinformation flying around on both sides of this case has painted both Martin and the shooter George Zimmerman in an unfavorable light leaving many to question the truth in the matter. Was Zimmerman a racist, overzealous neighborhood watchman? Was Martin's suspension from school that landed him in that neighborhood that night drug related? What is true is that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin on the evening of February 26th as he walked through a suburban area.
First thing's first: Set the race card aside. I am sick and tired of everything being turned into a race issue these days. It is dividing this country in a way that will prove detrimental to everyone in the long run.
Secondly, the Black Panther leader (who was a convicted felon and as of Monday was arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon) putting a $10,000 bounty on Zimmerman just shows the possible beginning of a complete and total breakdown of the justice system.
Third, the President of the United States publicly proclaiming that were he to have a son he would look something like Martin was inappropriate. Was it right for him to remark on the matter and give his condolences to the family that lost a child? Yes. Admirable even. However, his proclamation further incited racial tension. Whether or not he meant for it to, it did.
The fact of the matter is a child is dead and a man's life, whether or not he was completely guilty or completely innocent, is forever changed for the worse.
Before you pass judgment on this case, wait for all of the facts and don't pay so much attention to the sensationalization by the media. It is entirely plausible that if/ when the facts of the case are presented in full that your opinion will change. In the mean time however, keep the Martin family in your thoughts as they grieve the loss of a child.

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